"Here's what the crash involving Kyle Larson and 11 other Nationwide drivers looked like from the grandstands.
Tyler Andersen, a resident of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., was at the Drive for COPD 300 on Saturday and was filming the final lap when Kyle Larson's car got turned into the catchfence just in front of him and debris from his car flew into the grandstands.
You can see the panic in the stands in the crash's aftermath and the tire that flew over the catchfence landed just feet from Anderson.
At least 28 fans were injured in the crash, two critically, which also damaged the catchfence. Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said that the fence would be repaired in time for Sunday's Daytona 500.
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"n the ten months between May 2000 and February 2001, four gifted NASCAR drivers lost their lives in race crashes. Adam Petty (grandson of legend Richard Petty), Kenny Irwin Jr., Tony Roper and, finally, perhaps the sport’s most notable figure, Dale Earnhardt.
The feelings and emotions surrounding such losses run deep, not just for the drivers
and those closest to them, but for their millions of fans as well. Here are some thoughts from inside NASCAR regarding not
only the dangers of the sport—but the faith that sustains its people through it.
/////A World of Danger...
“It was such a great season (2000) in so many ways, but the deaths just put a real cloud over it”
(3-time Winston Cup champion, retired) 1
“We lost some family members, and losing a family member is not something you ever put behind you.”
Mike Helton (NASCAR president) 2
“This sport is unique in the most profound sense. Nowhere but in motor sports must everyone, owners, drivers, fans and media deal with the specter of serious injury and death.”
Bob Ley (ESPN) 3 "
"Pastor Mike Keogh heads up SHEC Motorsports featuring the SHEC car, #82, and the Man of Galilee. Come check them out at Raceway Park in Kalispell, MT."
"NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (ANS) -- On Saturday, October 11th, Manny Ohonme will begin walking barefoot on a two week course from Charlotte, North Carolina to Atlanta, Georgia, to bring awareness to the more than 300 million children around the world who have never owned a pair of shoes.
As the founder of international humanitarian organization, Samaritan’s Feet, Ohonme walked barefoot as a poor child in Nigeria -- growing up with a dream of providing shoes for children.
Samaritan's Feet World Walk logo.
With close to a million shoes already distributed through his organization in more than 32 nations, his goal of 10 million ‘soles’ worldwide on this month’s “World Walk” is steps closer -- thanks to the sports world.
On Friday, October 10th popular NASCAR driver Kelly Bires, of the JTG Daugherty Racing Team will be making tracks for Samaritan’s Feet around the course of Charlotte’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway -- driving the newly unveiled Samaritan’s Feet logo car in the Dollar General 300 Race, part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
“Everyone at JTG/Daugherty Racing is excited to assist with this Samaritan’s Feet publicity and fund raising effort,” said Tad Geschickter, co-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing Team.
“Manny’s story and mission is compelling and we want as many people as possible to know about it. There is no better platform to reach millions of people with a message than NASCAR.”
Bires’ NASCAR drive of the Samaritan’s Feet car at Lowe’s is
Samaritan's Feet World Walk 'Logo Car Number 47'
yet another high profile way the sports world has put ‘feet’ on their support of providing shoes for needy children.
In January of this year IUPUI coach, Ron Hunter, coached barefoot on the basketball court in a game that pitted his team against Oakland, making national news with the more than $40,000 and over 150,000 pairs of shoes his involvement with the Samaritan’s Feet cause brought. “My feet hurt so bad,” Coach Hunter commented to national media after the game. “Imagine a child going their whole life without shoes.”
Organizers of the October 10th NASCAR race in Charlotte, including Speedway Children’s Charities, are hoping to once again raise national awareness, one day prior to Manny Ohonme’s 300 mile barefoot walk.
Driver Kelly Bires notes: “Our call to action on the drive in the Dollar General 300 is to encourage NASCAR fans and viewers, as well as the general public to log in online at Samaritan’s Feet and make a donation --commit to walk with Manny, and support this great cause.” The car will roll with Ohonme and his supporters as part of the October 11th—25th “World Walk” course from Charlotte to Atlanta.
Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities and they strive to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations they support nationwide. Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. Together in 2007, we awarded more than $3.3 million to over 510 organizations. Log-on to: www.speedwaycharities.org for more details.
A joint press conference for interested media by Speedway Children’s Charities/Samaritan’s Feet will be held on Thursday, October 9th at 12:45pm at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway Media Center Deadline Room/Victory Lane.
Samaritan’s Feet founder, Manny Ohonme, SCC National Director of New Business & Driver Marketing, Saundy Hutto, and JTG Racing Driver, Kelly Bires will be among those on hand to unveil the logo car. For attendance, contact: Todd Melloh, Director of Marketing, Samaritan’s Feet: (317) 417-3525.
Resource Samaritan’s Feet online for more details on how to participate and make a contribution at: www.samaritansfeet.org
Resource Speedway Children’s Charities online at: www.speedwaycharities.org
Media Contacts -- Samaritan’s Feet:
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"Washington (CNN) – Trevor Bayne may have won the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but a small charity he name-dropped will share in the spoils of victory.
The 20-year-old NASCAR driver was racing in just his second Sprint Cup competition and is now etched in the record books as the youngest driver to win the sports' biggest race.
"I never thought in a million years we were gonna win our first one," Bayne told CNN Monday morning. "It's incredible."
During his post-race news conference, Bayne was asked how he would spend some of the $1,463,813 purse he won from the race.
"I don’t know if I will splurge. I am definitely not putting it up for retirement yet, I am going to stay around for awhile," Bayne said.
"Hopefully this money will help us get some more races, and there are a lot of foundations and ministries that need support. Back2Back ministries in Mexico is one, and there are a lot of good organizations that need some help, and we will help them out as much as we can."
In a sport that has ads plastered over nearly every inch of the drivers and their cars, it was a big deal for Bayne to namedrop the Christian charity.
Back2Back is an independent Christian charity working with orphans and the needy in Mexico, Nigeria and India. Bayne was introduced to the charity by Lonnie Clouse, a former chaplain for NASCAR with Motor Racing Outreach, who is now on staff with Back2Back.
"I assure you it was nothing short of miraculous. Trever called me yesterday from the media center after the win with tears in his eyes and we prayed together over the phone," Clouse said by phone from Monterrey, Mexico.
"This was part of God's script and God's plan for him. He's using his platform to talk about those with no voice and [about] orphan awareness."
Young rookie's Daytona 500 victory 'hasn't sunk in'
Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) provides weekend church services and Bible studies for NASCAR drivers and their teams who can't get away from the track on race weekends. Clouse was MRO’s traveling chaplain for the NASCAR Nationwide series.
"[Bayne] was a faithful attendee at all our Nationwide Bible studies. He would sit in the front row. He would get up and read scripture or open in prayer, whatever we needed," Clouse said.
Bayne traveled to Mexico to work with Clouse in November. "He was down here in Mexico staying with us and serving along side us helping with orphans," Clouse said.
"We went and visited orphanages. He made quite an impression here. He was out playing soccer with the orphans. We huddled them all around, and Trevor got to talk to them about what he did. They were asking him how fast he went. Most of them had no clue who he was and what he did," Clouse said.
After the race Clouse gathered the orphans together and filled them in on Bayne's big win. "It was exciting for them to hear how well he did."
Clouse was ordained in a non-denominational church. MRO pulls chaplains from many different denominations. Clouse said Bayne is member of a church near his home but gets most of his spiritual nourishment on the road from MRO.
For the former chaplain, all those Bible studies at the race track paid off when Bayne was in the winners circle.
"He summed up the two greatest commandments, 'Love the lord your God with all your heart' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' He got up on that stage and he was able to articulate those things beautifully. It was a very very proud moment for me and for MRO."
"Trevor Bayne captured stock car racing's greatest prize Sunday by winning the Daytona 500. He finished 0.118 seconds ahead of Carl Edwards.
Bayne is the youngest winner in the history of the race that many race fans agree is NASCAR's version of the Superbowl. He pulled off the win only one day after his 20th birthday in what was his first Daytona 500 and his second Sprint Cup Series start. And he did it with the Wood Brothers, NASCAR's oldest team, a pioneering organization that had fallen on hard times over the last two decades.
The victory for NASCAR pioneers Leonard and Glen Wood ended a 10-year-losing streak and came the week of the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's fatal accident on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.
"This is so crazy. I don't even know what to say," Bayne said after Sunday's win. "I almost feel undeserving because. all these guys out here that are racing against us that have been trying to do this for so long."
This year's Daytona 500 had a record 74 lead changes among 22 drivers. It also had a record 16 cautions that knocked out many of the leaders. Five-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin were all caught in an early 14-car accident.
Edwards, the second place driver, seemed happy for Bayne.
"Second place in the Daytona 500 feels way worse than any other position I've ever finished in the Daytona 500," Edwards said. "But that is made better by listening to Trevor and how excited he is. He is really a nice young man, a great guy to represent this sport with this win."
"I think the world's going to like him a lot," he added. "
"(CNN) - The scene at the pre-race drivers’ meeting at Daytona International Speedway last Sunday morning, before the Daytona 500 was delayed a day because of rain, was a typical pre-race circus.
Reporters everywhere. Blinding flashbulbs and microphones jammed into drivers’ faces. VIP guests like Mitt Romney and Sports Illustrated “it” model Kate Upton.
But after the meeting, which happens two hours before each race, the media leaves and the doors are shut. The roar gives way to silence. Church is about to begin.
“God, I pray that you would make us very aware of how we can love and how we can be an example,” the minister, Steve Keller, tells his congregation. “God, together we really just want to take a walk in your heart and be a people who really know you and who really reflect you and live for you.”
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Two guitar players in jeans and flannel shirts strum folksy chords in front of 150 members of this tight-knit NASCAR community. Seated in rows of blue plastic chairs under dim lights, NASCAR drivers and their pit crews put their arms around their wives and balance children in their laps. A huge Daytona 500 banner hangs near the front of the room, where an altar would be in a church.
Drivers and their crews bow their heads in prayer at a MRO chapel service before the Daytona 500.
“Have a great day of competition,” Keller says near the end of the hour. “We love you.”
The service is what some call the church of NASCAR, part of a national ministry for drivers, pit crew members and their spouses and kids.
It is often the only quiet moment these families get during days at the track.
The chapel services are run by the Motor Racing Outreach, founded in 1988 by legendary NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip and his wife, Stevie, and a handful of other drivers.
There were chapel services for drivers before Motor Racing Outreach, but they weren’t formally organized. Most times, there wasn’t even a minister present.
Locations for services were changing constantly and were often less than ideal. Waltrip recalls some services happening off the back of a driver’s truck. He and other drivers aimed to start what he calls a “credible ministry.”
So they recruited Max Helton, an ordained minister from Southern California who loved racing. “The Lord called him to move to North Carolina and head up the ministry,” Waltrip says of Helton. “That was the beginning.”
Today, Motor Racing Outreach has two full-time and two part-time ministers. The MRO team ministers to the extended NASCAR family before each race, serving through a racing season that stretches from February to November. The Daytona 500 is considered the biggest race of the year, the season opener for NASCAR.
Many services take place in rooms similar to the one at Daytona, always just after drivers meet with the media. Many racetracks have invested in rooms that double as media centers and chapels. At other tracks, chapel services happen in garages.
A chapel service at the Daytona 500 is lead by MRO.
For drivers who can’t visit their hometown churches during the racing season, Motor Racing Outreach has become an integral part of life on the road.
“Us being gone 36 weekends out of the year, this is our church,” said driver Michael McDowell, who attended the Daytona 500 service with his wife, Jami, and their 3-year-old son, Trace. “This for us is a normal Sunday.”
“What MRO does for the NASCAR community, they are there to support you but also with their chaplains and being able to take in God’s word and to have a time to just get away from all the noise and just pray before the race,” he said. “It’s just a refreshing time.”
Keller, a full-time MRO minister, says that most drivers and families who attend the chapel service are regulars. The services draw 150 to 200 members of the racing community. “It’s a life-or-death sport,” said Keller, explaining the popularity of the chapel services. “There’s a sense of, if and where the almighty is, I want to be as close to him as I can before I get into a car.”
Keller also says that religion - Christianity in particular - is a big part of the NASCAR tradition. Several drivers are outspoken about their faith, including last year’s Daytona 500 winner, 20-year-old Trevor Bayne.
NASCAR is one of the few professional sports in the U.S. that has a televised invocation before each event. (Last summer, a Baptist preacher made national headlines for giving thanks to God for his “smokin’ hot wife,” in an invocation before a Tennessee race.)
Keller says another reason for NASCAR’s nexus with Christianity is its Bible Belt roots: “Racing was born out of the South, and so its roots tend to be faith and family.”
That’s at least partially right. The forefathers of racing were moonshiners in the hills of North Carolina, who were constantly trying to outpace the law. Some of the best-known bootleggers became drivers, including the legendary Junior Johnson. The earliest race car drivers learned how to modify everyday cars while transporting liquor, so their vehicles wouldn’t drag under the weight of all that booze; a telltale sign to a perceptive cop looking to bust them.
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Today, Keller says that the intensity of the sport sends many drivers and their families to his door in search of counseling. Many drivers struggle to find balance between a career that keeps them on the road and their families. Drivers also sometimes struggle with one another, with Keller reporting plenty of work in conflict resolution.
“The MRO through thick and thin has been the glue that holds this family together,” Waltrip said. “That’s true whether it's tragedy or triumph.”
As the drivers and their pit crews ramp up for this weekend’s races in Phoenix, two chaplains from the MRO are already there and working. The racing season is only just beginning, and so are the chaplains. NASCAR’s long season - a whopping 10 months - is virtually unrivaled in any other professional sport and includes nearly 70 races all over the country, of which the MRO will minister to every single one.
If the race happens to be within seven hours’ driving distance from the MRO headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, the chaplains hop into their cars and drive.
Any farther, and they fly. No matter what, they will be there, and the drivers are counting on it.
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Turning It Over to God
NASCAR Drivers and Crew Members Rely on Faith
The world of stock car racing can be difficult. Success and failure is measured in lap times and finishes, readily apparent to everyone. And at speeds greater than 195 mph, a life-threatening accident could be a millisecond away.
by Simon Gonzalez (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)
"“There is no car built to withstand the crash that this thing had. There is no other way to answer how I could be fine, unless God was with me and His angels just didn’t allow me to get hurt. I reaffirmed my faith in Jesus after that.”
As this issue of Decision went to press, Waltrip was scheduled to give his testimony Oct. 9 at the Heart of America Billy Graham Crusade, in Kansas City. Like Waltrip, many NASCAR drivers, crew chiefs and spouses have put their faith in Jesus Christ."